The Town of Arlington is committed to supporting you during this difficult period of closures and restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Town is providing continual updates on its response and additional resources at arlingtonma.gov/covid19.
Please contact Erin Zwirko at email@example.com, if you have any questions or need assistance navigating these resources.
Massachusetts Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium
On April 20, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Baker signed the eviction and foreclosure moratorium (H.4647) – creating some of the strongest protections for tenants and homeowners in the nation. For tenants, the law temporarily halts all stages of most evictions. For homeowners, the law temporarily stops foreclosures and requires lenders to offer mortgage forbearance for those affected by COVID-19. This moratorium, unless extended, will end on August 18, 2020, or 45 days after the end of the Massachusetts state of emergency, whichever comes first.
If you believe you are at risk of falling behind on mortgage payments, immediately contact your mortgage servicer (find this information on a recent statement). Your servicer can work with you to begin to implement loss mitigation strategies.
Foreclosure Moratorium & Consumer Right to Request Forbearance
No federally-backed mortgages (FHA; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; etc.) can be foreclosed for 60 days as of March 18, 2020 (other than vacant or abandoned property), and owners of 1-4 family homes impacted by coronavirus have the right to request forbearance on mortgage payments for 180 days plus the right to request one additional 180-day extension. Find additional information.
Forbearance of Residential Mortgage Loan Payments for Multifamily Properties
Multifamily property owners with federally-backed mortgages (FHA; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; etc.) can request forbearance for 30 days, plus the right to request two 30-day extensions for a total of 90 days provided the extension request is made during the covered period and at least 15 days before the current forbearance period would expire. Find additional information.
Temporary Moratorium on Eviction Filings
Property owners with federally-backed mortgages (FHA; Fannie Mae; Freddie Mac; etc.) may not evict or initiate eviction of a tenant within the property for nonpayment of rent for 120 days beginning on March 27, 2020. They are also unable to assess fees or penalties on any tenant for late payment of rent. Find additional information.
Non-Emergency Eviction Cases on Hold
On April 6, the Massachusetts Housing Court extended the hold on all non-emergency eviction cases until May 4, 2020. However, a party may seek to advance its case, upon filing a motion with the court and by making a showing of good cause. The Housing Court also encourages parties to settle cases by out-of-court agreements. Read the Court Orders.
Know your Tenant Rights in Court
Looking for Legal Aid for Housing?
Mass Legal Services has a short questionnaire that will provide you with contact information for legal services and other programs that may be able to help.
Affordable Housing Resources
While the Town of Arlington does not own or manage any affordable units, you can review affordable housing opportunities that are present in Arlington by visiting the Town’s website on affordable housing. You will have to contact each agency individually to learn about application process, income eligibility, and availability:
1. Arlington Housing Authority: 4 Winslow Street, 781-646-3400, arlingtonhousing.org
2. Housing Corporation of Arlington: 252 Mass Ave, 781-859-5294, housingcorparlington.org
3. Brigham Square: 30 Mill Street, 781-643-4910, brighamsquare.com
4. Arlington 360, 4105 Symmes Circle, 781-859-5807, livearlington360.com
5. Millbrook Square, 17 Mill Street, 781-641-1410, millbrooksquare.com. This property is limited to individuals 62 years or older.
There may be other opportunities outside of Arlington as well and these websites are good resources to research opportunities:
1. Citizens' Housing and Planning Association's MassAccess Housing Registry for homeownership and rental opportunities.
2. Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance's Massachusetts Affordable Homes for homeownership opportunities.
3. Department of Housing and Community Development's affordable units for sale.
4. MetroList for homeownership and rental opportunities. You can also subscribe to weekly emails.
5. Ready Renter Program connects owners of deed-restricted apartments with eligible households.
The Somerville Homeless Coalition offers a range of services for homeless and near homeless families and individuals.
Emergency Assistance (EA) - Family Homeless Shelters
With office closures until at least April 3rd, families with children seeking to apply for Emergency Assistance (EA) shelter only can apply by phone with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Please share this number with families seeking shelter: 1-866-584-0653. More details about the EA program can be found here: mahomeless.org/index.php/families-with-children
Emergency Shelter Assistance for Individuals
List of individual homeless shelters in Massachusetts, maintained by the Department of Housing and Community Development. Visit: hedfuel.azurewebsites.net/iShelters.aspx. Locally, the Somerville Homeless Coalition offers an adult shelter that individuals can self-refer themselves to. Call (617) 623-2546 for more information.
Town of Arlington Emergency Tenant Assistance Program
The Town of Arlington's Emergency Tenant Assistance Program will assist Arlington households that earn less than 50% of the area median income and who cannot pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Eligible households that are selected in the lottery will receive assistance in the form of up to $2,000 per month for no more than three months, payable to their landlord, through the Arlington Emergency Tenant Assistance Program. Apply by June 29, 2020.
Arlington COVID-19 Relief Fund
If you are not income-eligible for the Arlington Emergency Tenant Assistance Program, the Arlington COVID-19 Relief Fund may be able to assist you in paying your rent. For more information about the Arlington COVID-19 Relief fund, visit www.ahhscc.org.
Department of Transitional Assistance
The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) offices are closed to the public, so families and individuals who are looking to apply for benefits or follow-up on existing benefits should contact DTA by phone or via the DTA Connect app or website.
Housing Corporation of Arlington's Homelessness Prevention Program
The Housing Corporation of Arlington’s Homelessness Prevention Program helps people experiencing a crisis with their housing. Assistance can be given to help individuals and families when the cause is due to circumstances beyond their control. The program can be used to help pay rent, moving expenses or security deposits, but only when it is clear that this payment will stabilize the applicant’s housing situation for at least 6 months.
Department of Public Utilities Orders Moratorium on Utility Shut OffsOn March 13, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued a moratorium on the shutting off of residential utilities while the COVID-19 state of emergency remains declared. Read DPU's moratorium letter to National Grid and Eversource.
Review the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guidance on how to protect yourself from the financial impacts of the coronavirus.